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Start: 1:00 pm
Call to inquire about ticket availabilityCall (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 to reserve Barbara Kingsolver reads from her new novel Flight Behavior ($28.99), which follows the story of a Tennessee farm wife who dreams of something bigger. One day, she comes upon a forested glen filled with silent red fire. Fundamentalists, climate scientists, politicians, and the media all weigh in on the phenomenon, as locals fend off the invasion.This is a ticketed event: admission to this Book Passage event is by purchase of Flight Behavior ($28.99 + tax) from Book Passage.  A ticket entitles one person to admission and seating. [Due to high demand, tickets are now only available by calling (415) 927-0960, ext. 1]Barbara Kingsolver is the author of seven works of fiction, including the novels The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Bean Trees, as well as books of poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction such as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. In 2000, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. Her last novel, The Lacuna, was a best seller and also won the Orange Prize.   
Start: 6:00 pm
Eight Girls Taking Pictures ($24.00) is a deeply affecting meditation on the lives of women artists, exploring the ambitions, passions, conflicts and desires of eight female photographers throughout the twentieth century. Imagining the circumstances that produced photographers like Imogen Cunningham, Madame Yevonde, Tina Modotti, Lee Miller, Grete Stern, Ruth Orkin, and others, Whitney Otto has created a spectacular cast of spirited, larger-than-life women, offering wide-ranging insight about the times in which they lived and the artistic medium in which they worked. From San Francisco to New York, London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Rome, Otto weaves a bold, romantic tale that creates a compelling portrait of the history of feminism and of photography. Whitney Otto is the author of the New York Times bestseller, How to Make an American Quilt (which was made into a feature film), Now You See Her, The Passion Dream Book, and A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity. She lives in Portland, Oregon. 
Start: 7:00 pm
Celebrate teens with Book Passage and several of the contributing authors of Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters To Their Teen Selves, a book of reflections and advice from nearly 70 young adult authors writing to their teen selves. Editor E. Kristin Anderson and contributors Marke Bieschke, Stacey Jay, Mike Jung, Katherine Longshore, Erika Stalder and Mariko Tamaki will talk about their letters and their experiences. Dear Teen Me includes letters from six New York Times bestselling authors, including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, Nancy Holder, Carrie Jones, Sara Zarr, Tom Angleberger, Robin Benway, and more, and covers a wide variety of topics including body issues, bullying, friendship, love. Some authors chose to write diary entries, some chose letters, and a few graphic novelists turned their stories into visual art, but they all offer invaluable wisdom and advice to young readers. All of the Dear Teen Me authors experienced challenging times as teens in one form or another, and now they are here to relate that it does get better!
Start: 7:00 pm
Tom Ricks talks about The Generals: American Military Command from WWII to Today ($36.00). From the bestselling author of Fiasco and The Gamble comes an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq. As military history, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the difference between good leaders and bad ones.Thomas E. Ricks is a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, in which he writes the blog The Best Defense. Ricks covered the U.S. military for The Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he has covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Gamble and the #1 New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 
Start: 7:30 pm
Presented by Praxis Peace Institue & Dominican UniversityAngelico Hall, Dominican UniversityTickets: $20 General Admission | $40 Special Reserved SeatingFor tickets, visit www.praxispeace.org or call (707) 939-2973 This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Port Huron Statement, the manifesto that lauched the seminal Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Tom Hayden was the principle author of this document, which remains as relevant today as it was in 1962. Tom's breadth of experience and vision is unique in the peace movement. As a civil rights worker in the south, a peace activist, and a superb chronicler of our social history as it was -- and is -- unfolding, Tom's analysis always pierces the fog of misrepresentation and gets to the heart of the matter. No one understands social/political movements better than Tom Hayden, and his ideas for the future of democracy are critical in these times.                Tom combines the savvy of a political strategist with the heart of a life-long activist who is committed to systemic change. His new book, Inspiring Participatory Democracy ($21.95), will be available at this event, as will some of his earlier books, including copies of the Port Huron Statement with an updated forward. 


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